A study by Workplace Mental Health found that over 80% of employees treated for mental health problems report improved work efficacy and satisfaction. It’s cost-effective, too—when employees receive and have access to proper treatment, the result is lower absenteeism and presenteeism, reduced staff turnover, increased productivity, as well as lower total medical costs.
Additionally, mindfulness can help your team deal with stress during the current COVID-19 pandemic and put both employees and employers at ease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While you may not have the budget for in-house mental health professionals, mindfulness is a tool you can use to help reduce mental stress in your organisation.
What Exactly is "Mindfulness"?
Mindfulness is a state of intentional, non-judgmental focus on the present moment. To be mindful is to accept whatever you might be feeling or thinking and recognise unpleasant sensations, thoughts and feelings rather than avoid them.
Mindfulness is embedded into activities like yoga, tai chi or meditation, and can even be offered both in-office or virtually to help your people take a break from their daily stress and centre themselves again.
Mindfulness Exercises As Tools For Your Mind That You Can Use Any Time!
"Being guided by professional teachers in a classroom setting can deliver transformative results. However, allocating 45 minutes or 1 hour to attend a class can be a challenge for many companies. It is important to realise that there are many quick and effective mindfulness exercises that can easily be implemented in your daily schedule.
Mindfulness means to practice and enhance your awareness. Training your ability to keep your attention steadfast and focused in one direction for an appropriate amount of time. These exercises can be very short, even 30 seconds can be enough! You also do not necessarily need to close your eyes, nor sit in a crossed-legged position. Get creative and utilise any time window in the day to practice mindfulness.
Try to make mindfulness an integral part of your lifestyle. For example, if you’re on the MTR, pay attention to the sounds around you. If you’re walking along the streets in Hong Kong, put your phone in your away and really pay attention to all the colours you can see. It is that simple and extremely effective. In a city like Hong Kong where everything is “go-go-go”, practising mindfulness can become a saviour.
The process of mindfulness helps rebalance your nervous system, turning down your “fight-or-flight” response, which in turn will help you make reasonable decisions rather than automatically react emotionally to situations.
If you are interested to learn more about mindfulness from professionals, be sure to check out IKIGAI wellness studio in TST!"
Aymeric Vollant, Co-Founder of IKIGAI
IKIGAI is a bespoke wellness studio offering unique experiences that encourage transformational change in Tsim Sha Tsui. Its group yoga and meditation classes—and Immersive Sounds Sessions—are available on the Switch app.
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